Cream-coloured Courser Cursorius cursor

An extremely rare vagrant to the UK from the Middle East (also occurring in Africa). The bird featured below was the highlight of many a birder's year as it performed extraordinarily well on the golf-course on St Mary's. It was the first to be recorded in the UK for 20 years.

Sadly the conditions here aren't quite what these semi-desert birds are used to and although it seemed to be able to find plenty of food, its condition deteriorated before it was eventually taken into care where it failed to recover.

The last Norfolk record was in 1969 which was part of a small influx of this species into western Europe - ten were apparently seen together in the Netherlands at that time.

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First-winter Cream-coloured Courser, St Mary's golf-course (Scilly, UK), 20th October 2004

 

For some very poor video footage of this bird, click here (10 MB).